A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ...
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A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" (written by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Eagan) to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" (written by Elise Jans and Jack King), on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in the "True To The Nany Now" number to a group of sailors.Written by
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Squads of sweeties Platoons of pippins Companies of cuties Brigades of beauties Divisions of dancers Armies of ace-actors Regiments of roaring comedians (Print Ad- The Leader-Post,((Regina, Saskatchewan)) 28 May 1930) See more »
AS of September 25th 2018 the cast credits shown are an incorrect mixture of the USA original release and the Spanish language version...which accounts for the numerous names sharing the same billing order...and the names of several actors who aren't in the English version. A correction of that mess has been submitted and accepted. Per site guidelines, the Spanish version should have a page of its own...with (archive footage) attributed to the USA-version actors. And, photo 12 is a poster from the Spanish version. See more »
The re-release opening credits credit producer Jesse L. Lasky as "Jessie" L. Lasky. See more »
Version for distribution of the original film in Romania, titled Parada Paramount (1930) included additional sketches by Romanian actors Ion Ian-Covescu and Pola Iliescu See more »
"Paramount On Parade" is both a musical revue and a collection of skits by Hollywood stars who can sing and some who cannot. The entertainment value is uneven as some of their stints in front of the camera range from pretty good to mediocre, from Maurice Chevalier to George Bancroft, whose forte was gangster roles. The movie was an excuse for Paramount to showcase as much of their stable of stars as they could assemble, and there were quite a lot of them. I understand that there were a spate of star revue-type pictures produced around the start of the sound era, and this was another one in that mold.
The main reason to see this picture in 2010, I found, was as a museum piece, watching old stars that I had only heard of. Hadn't seen much of Mitzi Green to speak of, ditto Skeets Gallagher, and had never seen Harry Green before. From that standpoint it was fascinating, but maybe not for moviegoers older than me. There was a good skit with four old-time movie sleuths, Warner Oland, William Powell, Clive Brook and Eugene Palette (who was more of a movie dim-witted cop).
On the IMDb site it is clocked at 77 minutes but at Capitolfest in Rome,N.Y. (8/10), a 102 minute 35mm print restored by the UCLA film department was shown which made it extra special.
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